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What can the marshmallow test tell us about the marketing of mobile phone contracts?

People often remark that buying into the latest technology now provides better value for money. Now old tech has certainly become more affordable. Televisions and CD players can all be bought for a fraction of what they cost 20 years ago. But these don't come under the same bracket as the latest and greatest must have new gadgets. Gaming has supposedly become more affordable than ever. Or has it? Lets compare the launch price of some consoles from 1990-2007. Prices corrected for inflation until 2009 using   After correcting for inflation, prices have actually remained relatively static and appear to fluctuate as a console embraces a significant new technology. For example, CD based systems show a spike as do those that were early adopters of Blu-Ray. I appreciate that this doesn't take into account how prices change over a consoles lifetime, but it gives a better measure of how much cash someone would have to part

Call for papers: Changing the World - A conference for early career researchers at Glasgow University. 7th November 2011

Open call for papers and posters The aim of this conference is to facilitate discussion and raise awareness of the wide variety of research going on at Glasgow. Those presenting will gain valuable experience in communicating their work to a non-expert audience. Fingers crossed this may even result in some new friendships and new collaborations. Other universities already host local conferences like this and we felt that it was about time Glasgow had a similar event. Postgraduates and post-docs based at Glasgow University are invited to submit empirical and theoretical papers from across the full spectrum of science and the humanities . We would particularly encourage contributions that reflect on the impact your work may have, even if you are at an early stage of your research. This event is supported by Vitae ( ), Glasgow University Postgraduates Society and a Glasgow University Research Initiatives Grant. To submit an abstract, visit